A slightly more thoughtful story than a couple of the predecessors in the volume, as befitting a social work academic.
DAW Books anthology themed around the Fermi Paradox. There are some good stories in here – Irvine, Lake, Langford and Vukcevich are my picks – but no real standouts.
Amusing tale in which Morrow closes out the Fermi Paradox volume by addressing the issue of paradox head-on.
Grandma holds the keys, or the rare minerals, which point to the reason for the (re)appearance of the aliens.
Libling, Schulz and Irvine the pick of the issue for me.
A scientific researcher at Oxford University realises that the aliens are already amongst, but we haven’t been able to see it..
A story about which I’m quite ambivalent. It’s told by a German scientist in the
A blind young, bereft by the death of the elderly gypsy woman to bought him and raised him as her own, finds solace in the arms of a wind spirit.
A very sophisticated organic AI controlled train set is a perfect Xmas present for a young boy….
The Blessed Lady of Dark Forever tires of her job ferrying the dead…
Brodie is disturbed about the voices in his head, and we follow, with wry humour, his progression through the hands of a variety of specialists.
A victim of bullying finds something in the woods – something weak and needy, and very much out of place.
A young woman living on the streets is struggling with an sensory overload – is it synesthesia, or a sixth sense?
A story with a very definite sense of time and place.
Retelling of the Snow White story, with the dwarves altogether darker than the Disney versions.
The difference between what is real, and what is dream, and who is doing the dreaming, and what it all means, becomes very, very blurred.
Couple of good ‘uns.
A big central conceit sprung on the reader right at the end.
Clever, quirky short from Vukcevich, with humanity turning inwards, self-obsessed, blurring identities.
A passenger with special abilities on a long-distance bus journey ponders how to use the special powers invested in him.
A clever short story, an appetiser, that leaves you wanting more.
Clever little piece looking at the consequences of each generation taking things just one step further than the previous one.
The Spanish Steps in Rome are the location for an intriguing story.
Sardonic wit in the form of a week’s mostly mundane Martian diary entries from a recent colonist.
A young artist finds out about her now late mother and herself, and the role of painting, and pigments, in their story.
Gritty, sweaty, emotional drama, with the focus on the human relationships rather than the science or the technology, as is Lake’s trademark.
Excruciatingly poorly written military SF.
By way, I believe, of a prequel to previous ‘Shadow’ stories by Chappell featuring light-fingered Falco.
An opening story with an audacious conceit bang slap in the middle of it, one that is unsettling and lodges itself in the mind.
I was pleased to see David Langford in the volume – he doesn’t write much, but what he does write is invariably worth reading, as is the case here.
Classical music becomes the link through which is established a relationship between an elderly ex-spaceman in a residential home and a 17-year old doing community service.
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A drily written story by Di Filippo, and my only concern is that the author is perhaps succumbing to middle age…
A tight drama from Lake in his ‘Sunspin’ setting.
An impressive story with emotional impact.